To possess a second soul…

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.

Rita Mae Brown (b. 1944)

Language is a virus from outer space.

William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997)

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

Charlemagne (748 – 814)

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.

Flora Lewis (1922—2002)

Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.

Roland Barthes (1915 – 1980)

Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye.

William Gibson (b. 1948)

The finest command of language is often shown by saying nothing.

Roger Babson (1875 – 1967)

Human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, when all the time we are longing to move the stars to pity.

Gustave Flaubert (1821 – 1880)

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951)

Language most shows a man: Speak, that I may see thee. It springs out of the most retired and inmost parts of us, and is the image of the parent of it, the mind. No glass renders a man’s form or likeness so true as his speech.

Ben Jonson (1572 – 1637)

15 thoughts on “To possess a second soul…”

  1. Love ALL the quotes David but especially the one from Flora Lewis: ”
    “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things,
    but learning another way to think about things.”👏🏻❣️🦋

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